Shaoguan Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 韶关 (sháo guān)
Area: 18,400 square kilometers (7,104 square miles)
Location: in the north of Guangdong Province, southern China
Administrative Division: 3 districts (Zhenjiang, Wujiang, Qujiang); 4 counties (Shixing, Renhua, Wengyuan, Xinfeng); 1 autonomous county (Ruyuan Yao Autonomous County); 2 county-level cities (Lechang, Nanxiong)
Area Code: 0751
Zip Code: 512000
GDP (2018): CNY 134.39 billion (USD 20.31 billion)
Birthplace of the Southern Chan School of Buddhism & Guangdong’s Largest Spring Resort
Shaoguan is regarded as the north gate of Guangdong Province, neighboring Hunan to the north, Jiangxi to the east and Guangzhou to the south. It is rich in land and water transportation resources, functioning as a vital pass to the coastal area of South China. Nanhua Temple in Shaoguan is the place where the Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) carried forward the Southern Chan School of Buddhism. The temple is dedicated to the real body of Hui Neng. It is also very enjoyable to visit Shaoguan spring resorts where the temperature of springs is constant and the infrastructures are perfect. The Caoxi Spring Holiday Resort located at Maba Town is the largest spring resort in Guangdong, which is 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) north of Nanhua Temple and only 2.5 hours bus ride from Guangzhou. As the gateway for the residents of central China to move south into Guangdong, Shaoguan has accommodated a great number of Hakka people, forming splendid Hakka culture and becoming one of the four major Hakka gathering places in mainland China.
Shaoguan Attractions - Things to Do
Nan Hua Temple: 22 kilometers (14 miles) from the city downtown Shaoguan, the Nan Hua Temple is a famous Buddhist site, where the sixth founder of the Buddhism generation in Tang Dynasty (618-907), Hui Neng, established the southern sect of Zen. With a history of 1,500 years, the temple keeps many national treasures, including the Da Zang Sutra, decree and cassock of thousand years ago.
How to get to/around Shaoguan
Visitors can get on trains making stops in Shaoguan to Guangzhou, Kowloon for about three and four hours. Road transportation of the city is also convenient. Two main bus stations existed in the city, the west bus station and the east bus station. Several buses to Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Shenzhen will depart in the stations. In addition, there are regular buses in the east bus station departing to the Danxia Mountain every 15 minutes.
When to Go: Shaoguan has abundant rainfall and moderate weather, so visitors can get there at anytime, especially in spring and autumn.
Shaoguan Travel Tips
History: Shaoguan area belonged to Chu Kingdom in the Warring States Period (476BC-221BC). The place was named with 'Shao' since the Sui Dynasty (581-618), and in Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties it gained the name 'Shaoguan' for the government established passes here to collect taxes.
Physical Features: Lying in the south part of the Nanling Mountains, this region has vast area of karst landform. Hilly area constitutes the main land of the city. The Danxia Landform is nominated for the red sandstone in the Mt. Danxia of Renhua County. The terrain is higher in the north and lower in the south.
Local Highlights: Folk costumes of the Yao ethnic minority is interesting, especially the marriage customs.
Special Local Products: Lechang Baimaojian (raw white tea), mushroom, plum
To Danxia Mountain, you need first go back to East Railway Station where you can take the bus to Danxia Mountain.
I am visiting glass bridge from Guangzhou. May I know how long is the Nanhua temple from the bridge and how to get there?
Also is there any other spot worth visit near by?
I have planned for only one day there. Returning by 8PM train.
You are suggested to stay near the South Bus Station, and there are many reasonable hotels available.
Around the village you can also enjoy an ancient fort named Shuangfengzhai.
Enjoy your time!